A loan of $975 helped to pay for raw ingredients like rice, pork, chicken, vegetables and products needed in her business.

Alicia's story

This is Alicia, 50, a resident of Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines. She has four loving children. She manages her household while operating the business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her everyday expenses.

Alicia operates a food stall. In the Philippines, the whole working community and most of the families only eat home-cooked meals during evenings where all of the family members are at home to take part in the meal. This is not only a usual family tradition, but a matter of convenience and frugal living. It is considered a waste of money and time to spend cooking gas and food for one to two persons when buying cooked rice and viands cost less than raw food. Alicia’s regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns a minimum of PHP 500 in sales every day.

To help her continue operations of her business, she is requesting a PHP 40,000 loan. She will use the loan to buy more quantities of products like meats, rice, vegetables, condiments and seasonings. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business.

Alicia dreams of expanding her business. She meets up every week with her *co-fellowship members to share stories of her work and to also draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God she studies.

* All CCT community partners / clients are organized into fellowship groups that meet on a weekly basis. A fellowship group is composed of 15 to 30 community partners. The fellowship groups gather each week to study the Word of God, build social capital and pay microfinance loans.

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